ROSECAN ALBERT ROSECAN We are deeply saddened to announce that Albert “Bert” Rosecan, 84, a longtime resident of McLean, VA, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on February 20, 2022. Bert was born June 17 1937 in St Louis, Missouri to attorney parents Mortimer Rosecan and Alice Rosecan (Sharpe) and grew up in Chicago and St. Louis. He graduated from Clayton High School, studied business at Washington University in St. Louis, then taught academics in the military until his honorable discharge in 1963. Determined to forge his own path, Bert pursued a career in technology sales and management and moved to Washington. , DC where he first found success working at Xerox. Bert met Linda, the love of his life, at Mr. Smith’s house in Georgetown, and they were finally married in 1967. Together they raised three children in Fairfax (Mantova) and McLean. Bert recognized a gap in the Federal market for cost-effective mainframe devices that could compete with IBM’s solutions, which dominated the market; as a result, a partnership with Documation, a manufacturer of high-performance printers, revived the operations of SMS Data Products Group, Inc., the company founded by Bert in 1976. SMS would continue to support the Department of Defense in numerous initiatives information technology. over the following decades, including a landmark contract to provide the military with its first large-scale desktop computer deployment in the 1980s, as well as critical communications network redesign and engineering support of the Pentagon after the September 11 attacks. As CEO for 45 years, Bert was a force, delivering a unique blend of creative vision and a sincere, personal approach to his employees, partners and customers. SMS continues to be a destination for top engineering talent under the leadership of Bert’s son, Matthew. Bert will be remembered for his generous spirit which touched so many people, his sense of humour, his enthusiasm and his “clubby” style. He always had a joke or a story to tell and cherished adventures with his family and friends. Bert was a baseball fanatic (Cardinals and Nationals), car enthusiast, avid cigar collector, photographer and golfer for many years. He had particular interests in the arts and travel and was particularly fond of London. Bert is survived by his wife of 54 years, Linda; his three children, Stephen (Mina) Rosecan, Stacy Rosecan (Mark Hagen) and Matthew Rosecan; eight adored grandchildren, Emilie, Alice and Michael Rosecan, Lucy, Finn and Kai Hagen and Ava and Will Rosecan; two siblings, Miriam (Sandy) Shapiro and William “Bill” Rosecan; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many close friends. Bert was one of a kind and will be greatly missed. The family will receive friends Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1315 36th St NW, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Memorial donations in Bert’s name may be made to the National Capital Region Parkinson’s Foundation online at pfnca.parkinsonfoundation.org or by phone at 310-844-6510 or Camphill Village, A Community for Adults with Disabilities, Camphill Village, 84 Camp Hill Rd, Copake, NY 12516. For online condolences, please visit www.adventfuneral.com-For online condolences, please visit www.adventfuneral.com–
Published by the Washington Post on March 3, 2022.